|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
La Terrazza is a spectacular apartment at the top of a lovely 18th century house in a quiet residential street but just 2 minutes' walk from the main Piazza and the ancient centro storico. Its 2 gorgeous roof terraces have breathtaking views over the olive-studded plains, past the lovely 15thC cathedral to the azure Adriatic which is a 10 minute drive away.. There is a spacious living room leading through an arch to an open plan kitchen/dining area which is very well equipped with a Smeg gas hob and fan oven, micowave, washing machine, toaster, electric kettle, iron and ironing board plus all the usual utensils. The pretty vaulted bedroom has ensuite WC plus a freestanding clawfoot bath with shower attachment. The separate bathroom has another bath also with shower attachment, WC, bidet, basin and hairdryer. There are 3 divans in the living room which can be used as 3 single beds, so the apartment, ideal for a romantic getaway for a couple, can also accommodate three children or friends. (NB we don't advise bringing children aged 2-7 as the terraces are so high). The bedroom, kitchen/diner and living room all have air-conditioning and there is gas central heating for cooler evenings or winter holidays. The apartment has wi-fi. The perfect choice if you enjoy sunbathing and eating al fresco (there is a BBQ and outdoor basin) in your own private space. Many of our guests have posted reviews on Trip Advisor: google 'tripadvisor casatavani ostuni' to read them.
Three lovely luxurious apartments in the centre of the 18th century area of Ostuni, each a few minutes' walk from the main Piazza and from the Centro Storico, each very different and each special in its own way. They are called, L'Alcova, La Terrazza and L'Ombroso, all part of a house called Casa Tavani that was built between the 17th and 18th centuries. Our photos have captions showing you views of each apartment.LA TERRAZZA (see captioned photos) is a very luxurious and delightful open plan apartment, also with two fabulous roof terraces with the same panoramic views as Casa Esmeralda. Guests have compared it to a boutique hotel. L'OMBROSO (see captioned photos) is a very pretty first floor apartment which is ideal for a romantic holiday but also perfect for a couple with one or two small children. L'Alcova, also on the first floor, has beautiful vaulted stone ceilings and a pretty balcony for al fresco meals. It is also ideal for a couple though there is a separate small bedroom which can accommodate one child.The four apartments are all available for rent throughout the year, offering guests the opportunity to find the ideal summer or winter/Christmas/New Year break - ideal for couples, friends or families.
We fell in love with Ostuni on our first visit to Puglia for Christmas 2003 and bought the main house in April 2004, at first living in La Terrazza and having family and friends to stay in the two smaller apartments below, L'Ombroso and L'Alcova. The following year we bought the ground floor of the house, where the Greco family used to make wine, so when we converted into another apartment we called it La Cantina and decided to move there ourselves and to rent the other three apartments to holidaymakers. A year later Casa Esmeralda in the next street came up for sale and as its terraces were adjacent to La Terrazza's we bought it too, completing our portfolio of five apartments in all. We now spend about half the year in Ostuni and the other half at our home in the Old Town part of Hastings. We have four children, two girls and two boys,and 6 grandchildren, all of whom visit us for seaside holidays in Italy and the UK. We run a small educational consultancy promoting educational charities and thanks to technology we can work equally well from both countries.
Hayley Simmonds purchased this apartment in 2004
We had travelled in Italy and Tim's brother, married to an Italian, lives in Rome. But until 2003 we had never travelled further South. As soon as we arrived, a few days before Christmas, we were struck by the warm and friendly welcome we received everywhere we went. (We were also amazed that in late December we could sit outside in the sunshine eating icecream!) We were struck by the exotic landscape with its prickly pear cacti and the fascinating trullo houses, so different from other parts of Italy we knew. We decided however that we wanted to live in a town to help us learn the language and get to know the people and the culture of the region, and indeed our neighbours are some of the kindest people we've ever known. When we first saw Ostuni, shining on top of its hill like a beautiful white wedding cake as we drove from Brindisi airport, it was a love affair which has never faded, and every time we make that same drive we know we made the right choice. It's been our great pleasure over the last 8 years to share our discovery with so many guests from every corner of the globe.
When we saw our house it was a wreck! A builder had bought it and was half way through the renovation, so we were faced with mounds of rubble in every room. But where the old plaster had been stripped off we saw stunning vaulted ceilings in honey-coloured stone and we knew this could be something special. The real revelation was when we got to the top of the stairs and walked through the door of what is now La Terrazza, on to the vast roof terraces. As soon as we saw the sapphire blue Adriatic glittering in the winter sun, our minds were made up. And when you see that view for yourselves, you'll understand why!
We have stayed here every year for 7 years and it never disappoints. The view of the cathedral and old town of Ostuni is magical especially all lit up at night. The apartment is up 2 relatively steep sets of stairs but once up there it is all one level including that amazing terrace. The open plan living area is relaxing and spacious with all you can need. The domed ceiling in the beautiful double bedroom is just lovely. There is a very well equipped kitchen/diner at one end of the !living room and 3 comfortable!e sofas at the other end. The bathroom includes a shower over the bath with, unusually for Europe a high fixing so you can properly stand under it. Air conditioning in all rooms and never ending hot water, cannot think of anything more you would need. Ostuni old town with its summer evening entertainment and copious restaurants modest and smarter is minutes walk away. We'll be back next year!
Ostuni is a beautiful little hill town known as 'The White City' because of its many white buildings. The ancient centre is like a romantic kasbah full of alleyways and there are dozens of bars and restaurants. Ostuni has lots of shops and a wonderful Saturday market, one of the largest in Southern Italy, as well as a monthly flea market for antiques and bric a brac. There are lovely beaches 10 minutes' drive away and many other pretty towns to visit in the lovely Valley of Itria and further south, such as the trulli town of Alberobello and the baroque city of Lecce, as well as the beautiful coastal towns of Otranto, Gallipoli and S. Maria di Leuca, and the vibrant city of Bari and beautiful harbour towns like Monopoli, Polignano and Trani further north. Many can be reached by train or bus. Ostuni overlooks wonderful plains full of olive trees leading down to the azure Adriatic, and you can drive for miles in stunning countryside full of prickly pear cacti. Guests love discovering Puglia!